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In a second edition of her landmark study of Simone de Beauvoir, published 100 years after Beauvoir's birth, Toril Moi provides a major new introduction discussing the recent publication of papers and letters by Beauvoir, including her letters to her lovers Jacques-Laurent Bost and Nelson Agren, and her student diaries from 1926/7.
Moving from the impact of educational institutions on Beauvoir to a representation of love, desire, and sexuality, Moi analyzes the conflicts and contradictions that shape intellectual women's lives, offering a new interpretation of Beauvoir's relationship to Sartre and to other women, and forging a new alliance between socio-historical and psychoanalytical perspectives.
Key to Abbreviations
Simone de Beauvoir Today: Introduction to the 2008 Edition 1
1 Second Only to Sartre 37
2 The Making of an Intellectual Woman 58
3 Politics and the Intellectual Woman: Cliches and Commonplaces in the Reception of Simone de Beauvoir 93
4 L'Invitee: An Existentialist Melodrama 115
5 Freedom and Flirtation: The Personal and the Philosophical in Sartre and Beauvoir 145
6 Ambiguous Women: Alienation and the Body in The Second Sex 168
7 Beauvoir's Utopia: The Politics of The Second Sex 198
8 The Scandal of Loneliness and Separation: The Writing of Depression 235
Works Cited 319